Sep 2019

The secrets of Carrasqueira in Portugal

port de carrasqueira

Carrasqueira is probably the most traditional of the small villages in Comporta. 1:15 from Lisbon, it is located on the banks of the Sado estuary, in front of Setùbal. It is famous for its port on stilts, with old wooden mooring lines for local fishing boats.

Carrasqueira in Comporta also houses original fishermen’s huts. The agricultural lands of Carrasqueira and the estuary have been exploited by migrant workers who, over the years, have settled in the traditional fishermen’s huts. They have been stored and used in this way for several decades. Also known as “Comporta cabanas”, they inspire more recent constructions in the region that mix wood, traditional masonry and thatched roofs.
These fishing huts are now protected and are part of Comporta’s historical heritage.

The village of Carrasqueira has a large main street where most of the commercial activities are located. This includes restaurants, bars, cafés and some small general stores and supermarkets.

The essentials

The port on stilts of Carrasqueira in Comporta, Portugal

The Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira is one of the most visited places in the Comporta region. This masterpiece of popular architecture, built in the 1950s and 1960s, is unique in Europe. The port is built on irregular wooden piles and boards, as we could see in Asia. The wharf and its mooring lines are used by local fishing boats. The docks allow fishermen to access their boats even at low tide, when the ground is covered with a thick layer of mud and mud.

Comporta’s port on stilts is a timeless place, suspended between sky and sea. The ideal time to visit it is at sunrise or sunset, when the light and colours are reflected in the calm water of the estuary. It is a magical place for photography lovers.

Avenida dos Pescadores, Carrasqueira – Comporta

Ismael’s house

Make a detour to this place known to people from Carrasqueira and the surrounding villages. This is where the locals and restaurateurs come to buy fish and seafood. It’s not exactly a fish market, it’s Mr. Ismael’s house!

Fish, shellfish and crustaceans are brought in every day by local fishermen. They are placed alive in basins before being bought by the lucky ones who know this address. Feel free to ask questions, Monica and Gonzalo know many recipes to enjoy their delicious products.

Carrasqueira / + 351 265 497 275

Where to stay in Carrasqueira, Portugal?

Rent a house in comporta is undoubtedly the best way to live at the rhythm of this charming village and enjoy the nature reserve. It is also more comfortable and intimate for a stay with family or friends.

Casas Na Aeira

Casas Na Areia is a boutique hotel in Comporta where you can see your feet in the sand. A perfect place for a holiday in Portugal. The four thatched houses are located in Carrasqueira, in the middle of nature. Made of traditional masonry and thatch, they are reminiscent of the famous “Comporta cabanas”. The architecture and decoration are a pleasant mix of old and new, and the atmosphere is warm. One of the cabins has a large common kitchen and lounge, with a sandy floor. An original experience! For more information.

Cabanas no Rio

Cabanas No Rio are two small cabanas set by the water in the Sado estuary. The first shed houses a lounge and a kitchenette. The second one offers a comfortable room with bathroom. The shower can be used both inside and outside, simply by opening the wooden doors.

The design and style are very refined. The layout and decoration are reduced to the essentials in order to leave plenty of room for the sublime setting. Here we live like Robinson lost at the end of the world. The place is very quiet and the surrounding nature is wild. For more information.


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